Tim Murray says it’s time for Cowen to get to camp

- September 13th, 2013

The Senators have reached a “stalemate” in talks with defenceman Jared Cowen.
Senators assistant GM Tim Murray told reporters Friday he has made a four-year offer to the restricted free agent defenceman and he isn’t willing to go much further with Cowen’s camp to get a deal done.
While Murray and Cowen’s agent Rick Valette held talks as recently as Tuesday, neither is willing to budge. Sources say the Senators have offered Cowen a four-year, $11.2 million deal while he is seeking $12.2 million on the same term.
“They have dropped a little wee bit from their original offer,” saida frustrated Murray at the Bell Sensplex. “We have made four or five proposals and I think ours have gone up quite a bit. I think we have really closed the gap and they have come off their first number minimal.
“I don’t want to shut off negotiations with them and say this is it. In my belief, we made such a great try in our last proposal we’re right at the end of our internal cap and the comparables that other guys have got.”
Murray, who would like to sit down face-to-face with Cowen next week in Saskatoon, confirmed a Sun report the Senators offered an eight-year deal.
“They felt they were leaving too much money on the table,” said Murray. “We’ve been talking four year deals. I have no problem saying that. Four year deals is fair to both sides. He gets to establish himself as a top player.”
Murray said sitting down with Cowen would help.
“Some things get lost in translation. I want him to know we feel he’s an important player going forward and we want to pay him accordingly,” said Murray. “We just have two different thoughts at what that payment is.”
Murray said the club can’t go much further.
“Our last offer was highly competitive. We think it’s really fair. We’re not prepared to come off of that number,” said Murray. “I guess they have to decide what’s best for his career. Is that sitting at home? Is that coming back to us?
“I don’t know. I really don’t know what (Valette’s) thinking is on this. He had a number to start and he’s stayed on that number through July and August. He’s come off that a bit, but not enough.”
Murray said “it has taken us two months to get in the same stratoshphere on a four-year deal.”
“We both made proposals a day apart. They turned down ours and we turned down theirs. I guess we’re at a stalemate,” said Murray. “We’ve talked a lot. I have to say we’ve closed the gap a little bit but it seems to me we’re at a stalemate.”

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6 comments

  1. Mike8888 says:

    The kid should take a deal similar to Kadri’s and prove himself.

  2. PaV says:

    Maybe its my lack of knowledge, but how can Cowen demand that much money for playing very little in the NHL? He was hurt for most of last season. Yes he will be a good player, but why not take a deal that makes sense. If he is looking for Subaan money, shouldn’t he have more than one full season under his belt?

    Maybe I am missing something (cue the jokes…).

    We are a month away from opening night

  3. Dave says:

    Cowen’s people have got to be reasonable. What has Cowen proven at this point? All he’s proven is that he has tremendous potential. That potential has yet to be realised; he should earn the paycheque before demanding it.

  4. ChokerHater says:

    negotiations through the press
    another classy move

  5. OD99 says:

    Can’t imagine what Cowen’s managemetn/family is thinking during this negotiation. Every offer I have read about is more than I think he is worth at this time, especially if you take direct comparables (he would be making a little over $1M if we went by those).

    He needs to get to camp, play well and show the team and Bobby G that he is a legit top 4 D with loads more potential. Sitting out and posturing when you have proven nothing shows a lack of character to me.

    If he sits and Senators play well I imagine the offers he gets when he really tries to settle will be less than they are now.

  6. FKevin says:

    Seems like a fair deal, too much for the first 2 given the lack of experience and injury history, and likely a bargain in the last 2 if Cowen comes close to expectations. No UFA years given up so both sides fare pretty well. The Sens have a little risk but it’s not devastating if he doesn’t progress or suffers yet another major injury.

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